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Licensed premises nuisance

General information

Under the Licensing Act 2003 the prevention of 'public nuisance' is one of the four licensing objectives that have to be achieved by all licensed premises.  Public nuisance matters include noise, odour, general disturbance, litter, antisocial behaviour, light pollution and the kind of issues that can affect occupiers near a licensed premises.

'Licensed premises' are not only pubs or clubs, but include all those areas where 'licensable activities' take place, such as village and church halls, or even an open field if licensable activities take place there.  Please speak to the licensing officer if you need advice on what constitutes such a use.

Preventing public nuisance is an essential part of any business or organisation and can be achieved by creating an environment that controls nuisance by increasing staff awareness and training so that they can assess potential risks and work towards minimising possible disturbances. 

You should also be aware that there is a statutory duty to prevent public nuisance under the Enviromental Protection Act 1990 and the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003, irrespective of the new licensing regime. 

Failure to do so may lead to action being taken by the environmental health department under the above legislation, that is to serve notices requiring works and/or take legal proceedings.